When stress gets the better of you, it makes itself known in a very obvious way: through the presence of back pain and other aches in various parts of your body. As going to the spa can be quite costly if you are to do it several times a week, the best alternative is to do at-home body massages. It is actually quite doable even if you are by your lonesome; all it takes is some natural healing creams for massage and some useful tips on how to make it happen.
Tip 1: Do Some Simple Stretches
Much like warming up before engaging in a sporting activity or tackling weights at the gym, simple stretches are important prior to (and after) a massage. Doing some stretching primes your body for the massage, warming up the muscles and making them more accepting of the kneading and stroking motions. Do your stretching by areas and try to cover as much ground as possible. Even if your chief complaint is your back pain, remember that the body is interconnected – warming up your other muscle groups apart from the one in your back will actually help in making the problematic area feel much better.
Tip 2: Seek Out Those Bumps and Nodules
Look for the bumps and nodules that cause bodily pain in the entire region; these things are where the muscles are twisted and bunched up and radiate the pain in the area. With natural healing creams for massage, apply a light coating to the general area and skim the surface with a deep yet gentle pressure until you find a particularly painful lump or area. This is most likely the root cause of your problem.
Tip 3: Knead Slowly But Surely!
Now that you know where to focus on, apply gentle pressure on the lump through deep strokes (it can be in a circular, left-to-right or top-down fashion, depending on the location and how much access you have to it). Knead it slowly in one direction, remembering to apply more natural healing creams for massage when you feel the area becoming a bit drier. Moisture is important in hitting the area that needs massaging and prevents you from applying too much friction on your skin, so load up!
Tip 4: Cover As Much Ground As You Can
When you’ve satisfactorily kneaded the problematic area, move to neighbouring areas as well. For example, if your problem area is your lower back and you’ve finished massaging it and loosening up the achy muscles, apple gentle massage pressure all the way to the middle of your back and the top part of your buttocks. Covering the neighbouring areas will help make the beneficial massage more effective as you are simultaneously easing any lightly developing pain in those areas or pepping them to keep them from being stressed out.
Above all, try to make a habit out of an at-home DIY massage, as one session will not be enough. If you make this part of your evening routine as a relaxing way to cap off yet another productive workday, you will feel better and more energized the following morning!